The Lakeridge girls basketball team dropped a pair of games to up-tempo league rivals in the past week, falling to West Linn on Friday 68-28 and then to 72-44 on Tuesday.

Against the Lions, the Pacers dug themselves a big hole in the first quarter and couldn't recover. West Linn's size advantage gave Lakeridge fits and the Lions played strong perimeter defense as well, getting into passing lanes and forcing turnovers.

West Linn led 21-4 after the opening quarter but the Pacers didn't roll over.

Lakeridge opened the second period on a 10-1 with all 10 points coming off the hand of Colleen Ellis.

Ellis found her touch from beyond the arc and her teammates recognized it, getting her the ball with space to shoot.

Ellis drained three three-pointers and forced the Lions to call time-out as Lakeridge cut the lead to single digits.

However, West Linn answered with an 11-0 run of its own and led 33-16 at the half.

Lakeridge opened the third quarter with a three-pointer from Kira Wall but West Linn went back to its bread and butter, getting the ball into the paint and scoring close to the hoop.

Shekina Boe had a nice game for the Pacers, particularly on the boards, but the Lions went on a 19-0 run to put the game away.

Lakeridge then fell to Canby on Tuesday, struggling against the Cougars' press.

The Pacers had 11 different girls score, led by seven from Katie Dickinson.

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